MISS RODEO AUSTRALIA CROWNED
EMMA Deicke is still in a “dream land” after being announced as the 2017 winner of the Miss Rodeo Australia title.
“It hasn’t sunk in that I am going to represent Australia internationally,” she said.
After a tour of Warwick and a pyjama party with the other contestants from around the country, Ms Deicke took part in a horsemanship challenge before a one-on-one interview, a written exam and an informal questionand-answer session on stage at Warwick Rodeo Heritage Centre.
When she heard her name called as the winner of the quest, she did not realise and it took the yelling and cheering from her family in the crowd for her to understand she had won the title.
“I looked up and I looked at them and they were all crying and my friend next to me said ‘oh my god it was you’ and I was like ‘oh my god, it was my name’,” she said.
“All the girls did an exceptional job and are all great competitors... any of us were very deserving of the position and I am very grateful to the judges for picking me.”
Ms Deicke, who represented Bowen River Rodeo Association, was put forward as a late contestant in November last year after the original nominee could not take part.
She raised more than $6000 for her chosen charity, the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
The employee at Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation will now look forward to representing Australia on an international stage and at rodeo events across the nation.
Ms Deicke will attend her first rodeo in Wagga Wagga this weekend before returning home to the Whitsundays and will head off to her first international event, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, in Wyoming, USA, in July.
PROUD WINNER: Emma Deicke has won the Miss Rodeo Australia title for 2017.